Aspects of America: Pulitzer Edition - Live (2020)

Howard Hanson, Walter Piston

Oregon Symphony

Carlos Kalmar

The Oregon Symphony and conductor Carlos Kalmar continue their acclaimed Aspects of America series with this second installment in DSD Stereo and DSD Multichannel sound.  This album features three symphonic works that were all awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

Walter Piston’s Symphony No. 7 (Pulitzer Prize 1961) is a pastoral and jubilant glorification of nature, while Morton Gould’s Stringmusic (Pulitzer Prize 1995) was composed for star cellist Rostropovich, and showcases all possible sounds and colors of the string orchestra. In his Symphony No. 4 “Requiem” (Pulitzer Prize 1944), Howard Hanson explores the mysteries of life and death in an American musical idiom that simultaneously reveals the composer’s Nordic roots.

This is the 6th DSD Stereo and DSD Multichannel release from the Oregon Symphony and its conductor and music director Carlos Kalmar available at the NativeDSD Music Store. We invite our listeners to also consider their earlier DSD recordings - Music for a Time of War (2011), This England (2012), Spirit of the American Range (2015), Haydn Symphonies 53, 64 & 96 (2017), and Aspects of America (2018). They are linked below for your easy access and consideration.

 

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Carlos Kalmar

In May, 2011 he made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall with the Oregon Symphony as part of the inaugural Spring for Music festival. Both his imaginative program Music for a Time of War and the performance itself were hailed by critics in the New York Times, New Yorker magazine and Musical America, and the concert was recorded and released on the PentaTone label, subsequently earning two Grammy nominations (Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered). Under Kalmar’s guidance the orchestra recorded a second CD on the PentaTone label – “This England,” featuring works by Britten, Vaughan Williams, and Elgar.Carlos Kalmar is in his twelfth season as music director of the Oregon Symphony. He is also chief conductor and artistic director of the Spanish Radio/Television Orchestra and Choir in Madrid, and artistic director and principal conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.

 

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Aspects of America: Pulitzer Edition - Live (2020)

Howard Hanson, Walter Piston

Oregon Symphony

    MusicWeb International

This is a fine and stimulating collection of American orchestral music, all of which is well worth hearing. The performances, all stemming from concerts in the Oregon Symphony’s home hall, are excellent and engineer John Newton and producer Blanton Alspaugh have captured them in terrific sound which is vivid and truthful. Elizabeth Schwartz’s notes are good in many ways but I was disappointed that a few pieces of what I would regard as key information were not included. It’s recently been announced that Carlos Kalmar will step down as Music Director of the Oregon Symphony at the end of the 2020-21 season, having held the post since 2003. I’ve now heard several of their recordings and they indicate, as this latest release does, that theirs has been a fruitful partnership. I hope that before he leaves the orchestra there’ll be one or two additions to their joint discography.

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    Bill Dodd, DSD Discoveries

The new Aspects of America album is terrific—easily the best Walter Piston Symphony No. 7 and the best Howard Hanson Symphony No.4 I’ve heard. The Hanson outshines the composer’s own release on a famous Mercury Living Presence. Add Pentatone’s trademark recording quality, and you have an album to treasure.

Bill Dodd

Aspects of America: Pulitzer Edition - Live (2020)

Howard Hanson, Walter Piston

Oregon Symphony

Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Mastering Room: Sound Mirror Inc.
Producer: Blanton Alspaugh
Project Management: Kasper van Kooten
Recording Engineer: John Newton
Recording Location: Recorded live at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, Oregon, in 2017 (Gould) and 2018 (Hanson and Piston).
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 64

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Symphony No. 7 - I. Con moto - Live
Walter Piston
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Symphony No. 7 - II. Adagio pastorale - Live
Walter Piston
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Symphony No. 7 - III. Allegro festevole - Live
Walter Piston
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Stringmusic - I. Prelude - Live
Walter Piston
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Stringmusic - II. Tango - Live
Walter Piston
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Stringmusic - III. Dirge - Live
Walter Piston
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Stringmusic - IV. Ballad - Live
Walter Piston
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Stringmusic - V. Strum Perpetual Motion - Live
Walter Piston
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Symphony No. 4, Op. 34 Requiem - I. Kyrie. Andante inquieto - Live
Howard Hanson
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Symphony No. 4, Op. 34 Requiem - II. Requiescat. Largo Elegy - Live
Howard Hanson
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Symphony No. 4, Op. 34 Requiem - III. Dies irae. Presto - Live
Howard Hanson
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Symphony No. 4, Op. 34 Requiem - IV. Lux aeterna. Largo pastorale - Live
Howard Hanson
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